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Cayleth Warding and The Scarlet One – Jessica Hernandez

Fifty-three families looking for a new beginning board a ship and sail to an uninhabited island. Happily they live for nearly two decades. Homes are built and the past is forgotten. Paradise, however, is no more after the adults suddenly vanish one night. For three years, the teens and children rule the island of Oridd. For three years, they survive. When an old woman unexpectedly appears on Oridd, all is cast into disarray as the strange and awful threaten to become commonplace. The old woman wants something, and she won’t leave until she gets it. 

I would like to thank the author Jessica Hernandez for sending me an arc of this book! This is the 3rd book I have read of hers. I read her duology The Hawk of Stone and I absolutely loved it and I did fall in love with her writing too. So I expected no different with this one! And I did! I fell in love with this book it wowed me, there was some points where I was like okay what’s going off but overall it was amazing.

The supernatural gifted aspect was very confusing for me when it came to the scarlet one, I was so confused but I loved it. I liked not really having a clue about it because it reflected what the characters were feeling too so I thought that was great!

Halfway through this I kind of guessed why the parents disappeared well I thought I did and then it just went a completely different way I’m trying to be vague so you aren’t spoiled but oh my I did not expect it! I thought I had a grasp on what was happening and then it was like spun on it’s head and it was bloody brilliant! I did not expect that to happen and it was so good!

I really liked how in the first few chapters we got a lot of information about the world and what has happened it was so good and the world building in this book was A+ it was fantastic I got so engrossed into the world.

I really enjoyed the relationship between Corelle and Cayleth and it was some of my favourite parts in the book!

I really really want to go into more detail but you guys should go and read this book! You will not be disappointed. I thoroughly enjoyed it and I may end up doing a spoilery review because I just need to gush about this!

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The Yesterdays of Tomorrow – Jessica Hernandez

So this is the final book in the Hawk of Stone Duology by Jessica Hernandez I have already done a review of the first book Capering On Glass Bridges so check that out if you haven’t already. This will be non-spoilery!

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It’s been a year since Kaia’s first encounter with the turned ones. Every day since then has been fraught with uncertainty. Most in the Kingdom of Mar prepare for a life wherein they will be free. Kaia, however, knows that even if the curse should be lifted, the Marian people will not be unburdened in the near future. King Sol promised them a war with Darlbent, and a war they shall have if the fog dissipates. Swords have already been thrust into the hands of every man in the kingdom, filling Kaia and her friends with trepidation. Things have changed in Mar, and Kaia worries that it is only a matter of time before some blades are turned against them.

The moment of truth is approaching. Soon, it will be known whether or not the curse was meant to have an end. If it wasn’t, can Kaia and the others learn to make lives for themselves in a forsaken land like Mar? Will they ever truly know safety there?

To further complicate matters, Kaia has Ruelena to contend with… 

Oh my god this book it was brilliant it was an amazing ending to the duology and I am so thankful that Jessica contacted me to read this book otherwise I would have never known about it which is sad! So as I say non-spoiler review so I am going to try and do it without spoilers!

The character growth was so immediate in this book you could so tell that a year has passed since the first book but only by how much the characters had grown other than that it felt like no time could have passed but it was just amazing how different these characters was and yet so recognisable.

In the first review, I mentioned that I was glad that Kaia wasn’t driven by romance and it was nice to see a book without romance, this one had a little one and I totally guessed that it would be Warrin I was like yes I’m right! Oh, my god, I loved their relationship like it was perfect so cute and lovely but it wasn’t overpowering the plot line which I thought it was perfect. Jessica managed to balance both and did it wonderfully.

There are scenes in this book where we get to see Kaia figure out Ruelena I really liked those scenes they added so much to the story and it was nice seeing that part of her life and that she managed to reconnect with that family even if there were some losses.

Erm I had a feeling in the first book that we couldn’t trust Sol and I was right he turned into just being a mean King who just wanted war and wasn’t bothered about who he killed getting this war and how he died (I feel like that isn’t spoiler totally obvious) it was like perfect justice.

The Sibling banter! Oh my god I loved it, still they had it and they still teased each other and I loved it, just there whole relationship (*Hint* Jessica story about the brothers? Just Kidding.. Sorta) Anyway they were so fun to read and it just made me fall in love with those characters than I already had.

There’s something that happens a certain character is believed to be dead, can I just say I totally guessed that he wasn’t like it didn’t feel like a closed death if that makes sense, I had a feeling he would still be alive and he was. So yes for guessing that right.

The ending, I loved it, I don’t want to give anything away for your guys because honestly, it will spoil you for everything let’s just say it’s very interesting and it left me sad but also like what happened it didn’t happen for no reason. (Hahaha, I laugh you guys trying to figure that cryptic message out. If you read it YOU WILL KNOW) I loved the ending it was not a perfect ending that I would have liked happily ever after and all that but it was still a brilliant ending.

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Capering On Glass Bridges – Jessica Hernandez

I was sent a copy of this book from the author in an exchange for an honest review so thank you, Jessica, for sending me this copy.

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Oh my I actually love this cover it is so simple yet it is so interesting, I did fall in love with this cover.

The Utdrendans have spoken, and everything has changed as a consequence. People normally avoid the fog surrounding the cursed Kingdom of Mar, but now they are asking sixteen-year-old Kaia Stone to venture into it. The Utdrendans implied that there is something special about Kaia. They claimed that she could help free the land; she need only carry out their instructions and deliver a message to the Marian king.

Mar, however, is a land in which dark secrets abound, and many will stop at nothing to ensure that it remains forever cursed. Determined to work against Kaia, unfriendly forces have already begun to gather.

Will Kaia choose to abandon the only life she’s ever known—perhaps indefinitely—in pursuit of the greater good…in pursuit of her purpose?

My one comment about the description is that it feels it gives a bit too much away but you realise as soon as you go into the book it does not give it away, it actually helps you understand the book a lot more.

When I was going into this story I was a little confused, we start with a pairing ceremony and I was like what is this? To be honest I only have a slight idea what it was for, the thing they are paired to I didn’t know what it is or what purpose it serves but throughout the book the thing (I really can’t remember the word she used for them) it helped them through the story! It was different I liked it!

My one thing was we didn’t get much world building when we see Kaia at home before she leaves to go on this journey we don’t really know much about it but it makes up when they go to Mar and travel through because we get a brilliant world building through this and I honestly felt so connected to the world. We don’t know a time era that is set either, I have no idea which time era it was but from the way they speak it seems old but of course it is set in a fantasy world but the way they spoke just led me to believe it was an older speaking time era.

One thing I really liked was Kaia and Elaine they were sisters and oh my god the sister bond between them the fact she wanted to go with her sister to make sure she was ok it was so cute and I loved it. It’s not often you see nice sister bonding so it was lovely to see.

It was so interesting learning about the world as the characters learned what they had to do so we was we the information was being delivered to the characters, it kept me turning the page and wanting to know more, I read this book in one setting I did not want to put it down. After not reading for a month this was the perfect book to pick up to start again.

I felt this novel was more plot driven rather than setting, it was driven a little by the characters more to the end but it was still interesting to read and although at sometimes I missed the setting it still worked it being a plot and character driven novel I liked it all the same.

The banter, oh my the banter. We get to know a few Princes in this story and the banter between them is brilliant the fact they are all half-brothers it makes it funny and reading this it did make me fall in love with those characters more especially as at times I struggled to connect with Kaia so being able to connect with the Princes made me enjoy the novel a lot more. What was also amazing is that there was NO romance! Finally a fantasy novel that does not go around romance I kind of expected her to fall for one of them but when she didn’t I was like yes. Finally. So that was a big plus for me.

Jessica’s writing oh my god I loved it, the writing was so easy to follow and inviting to read at no point did I struggle to go with the writing it flowed and it was beautiful.

THAT ENDING THOUGH. I can’t talk about it. Just I didn’t see it coming and oh my it slapped me in the first, I kind of just stopped reading and stared at my kindle for a bit shocked. It was brillliant.

If you haven’t picked it up yet but it sounds like something you might like I say try it, like it’s only 200 pages but it doesn’t feel like it’s too short or too long it’s perfect so give it a try!